Crossword Genius

Heard victim beg (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pray

Here is my best explanation:

'beg' is the definition.

('pray' can be a synonym of 'beg')

'heard victim' is the subsidiary indication.

'heard' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.

'victim' becomes 'prey' (prey is a kind of victim).

'prey' sounds like 'pray'.

(Other definitions for pray that I've seen before include "Offer supplication", "Make supplication (to a god)", "Appeal to higher authority", "Wish earnestly (for a particular outcome)", "Beseech", "Speak to God", "Commune with God", "Hope earnestly (for particular outcome)", "Address a deity" and "Beg".)

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